Pineapple filled with firecrackers kills pregnant wild elephant

She suffered excruciating pain, but remained calm and died after standing for four days in Velliyar river in Palakkad.

Published: 02nd June 2020 06:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th June 2020 03:46 PM   |  A+A-

The elephant that died after eating a pineapple filled with firecrackers

The deceased elephant  Pic courtesy |  Mohan Krishnan

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A pregnant wild elephant originally belonging to Silent Valley National Park (SVNP), Palakkad, met with a tragic death after she ate a pineapple packed with firecrackers inside, allegedly meant as a snare for wild boars.

The injured elephant remained calm though she was under excruciating pain and didn’t create any havoc much to the disbelief of the forest department officials. But she died at Velliyar River, Palakkad, on May 27, in a standing position with its trunk in the water.

The 15-year-old elephant had been standing in the river to feel buoyant so that its mouth and tongue which had exploded could get some form of relief. The incident was brought to light by Mohan Krishnan, Section Forest Officer, Nilambur, on his Facebook page. The post has since become viral with more than 1,200 shares.

The elephant had allegedly come to the town hoping to get more food so as to care for its calf which was in its womb.

When the pathetic condition of the elephant came to the knowledge of the forest officials, they brought in two Kumki elephants, Surendran and Neelakantan to bring the injured elephant to the shore from the Velliyar River. But much to the disappointment of forest department officials, the elephant met its death in water.

Postmortem examination revealed that the final cause of death of the 15- year-old female elephant was due to asphyxia where water had got into its lungs and trachea. Dr David Abraham, Assistant Forest Veterinary Officer, Thrissur, who did the postmorte, told The New Indian Express that on first observation itself it was clear that the elephant would not survive. The forest officials wanted to euthanize the elephant which was in severe agony. But unfortunately, the message from the top echelons of forest department was to return it back to the SVNP.

“I have so far done more than 250 postmortems of elephants alone in my more than two decades career. But this was the first time I was so moved as I could hold the foetus of the baby in my hands. Initially, none of us was aware that the elephant was pregnant. After I had seen its heart and then happened to see the amniotic fluid did I realize that it’s pregnant”, said Dr David Abraham.

Another senior forest official told The New Indian Express that this is not the first time an elephant met its death due to an explosion in its mouth caused by crude country bombs or firecrackers being used in snares to catch wild boars by people afraid of destroying its vegetation.

In April also, another wild elephant in Pathanapuram in Kollam district had died in similar circumstances. But the latest incident in Palakkad is more touching as in another 22 months it would have delivered a calf elephant.

Samuel Pachuau, Wildlife Warden, SVNP, said that already a probe is on into the incident which saw the elephant dying under tragic circumstances. 

“We have increased our intelligence networking as well as boundary patrolling as the incident has happened between the park (which is on the buffer zone) and the plantation areas,” he said.


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  • Thivashini

    So sad????
    2 years ago reply
  • Jayne

    FOUR days of excruciating pain waiting to die
    2 years ago reply
  • Jayne

    Why on earth was this poor creature left in agony to die slowly from her wounds
    2 years ago reply
  • Sankara

    Only a cut-throat ruffian can do this to a pregnant elephant we all revere as God. The killer must be identified and prosecuted.
    2 years ago reply
  • Eileen Cobley

    Who is the person who did this and have they been apprehended?No doubt this will be glossed over and forgotten and nothing will happen to the uncivilised
    2 years ago reply
  • Nita

    Depraved monsters. I hope the monster(s) who did this meet the same kind of end and die with their insides exploding - in slow excruciating agony. What is the point of having 100% literacy if you have no compassion for animals? And I am saying this as someone who is from Kerala!
    2 years ago reply
  • Paul Martin

    There is a special place in hell forcwhoever did this. What kind of mind does this? That person must be very sick in the head. I hope Karma takes its revenge. Utterly barbaric.
    2 years ago reply
  • Sandeep

    These people should be put to harshest punishment... pathetic minds.
    2 years ago reply
  • Atul

    Idiots who did such heinous act should be punished and be made an example of.
    2 years ago reply
  • Madhvi

    How cruel is this how can someone do such a thing .Catch hold of him and put fire crackers in his mouth.Humanbeings will never learn.
    2 years ago reply
  • Hollie Hollon

    2 years ago reply
  • Anup Nair

    Government should take strict action against the culprits and soon..
    2 years ago reply
  • Anu

    Hope they find this disgrace of a human being.
    2 years ago reply
  • anne hundley

    there are no words only aching pain in my heart.
    2 years ago reply
  • Gun-Britt Barkman

    Stop this kill Shame
    2 years ago reply
  • Col M Giridhar

    Can't control tears. Indeed who is human and who is the animal in this
    2 years ago reply
  • Somdeb Roy

    The hooligan(s) should be found and punished severely. It is not only unfortunate but also extremely shocking to know that someone could do something like this to anyone even if it is just for fun. These people are sick; they can and will cause more trouble to the community in general. We cannot allow them to roam freely without getting punished.
    2 years ago reply
  • Sanjay

    Literacy doesn't necessarily guarantee common sense or empathy
    2 years ago reply
  • Amit Singh

    Kerla is becoming more cruel day by day
    2 years ago reply
  • Rohit Kumar

    No Name suggests its a peaceful activity
    2 years ago reply
  • Sivakumari Avudaiappan

    We the human beings are most selfish creatures who never care or bother about any other creation of God.. While reading this article tears filled in my eyes..
    2 years ago reply
  • Minti sah

    We want justice
    2 years ago reply
  • Amitabh Adity

    can we bring justice to these innocent animals or we r just going to share bews and make it sensationalize to earn trps and downloads? i want an opportunity to be given either to me or to forest officials to bring just justice to this mother elephant.
    2 years ago reply
  • Anonymous

    I hate human beings
    2 years ago reply
  • tiger

    2 years ago reply
  • Subhranshu

    Why the bloody man not arrested yet or not reported in the news as well. Is that kind of fear or what?
    2 years ago reply
  • Hera

    Monsterss!!!! These people are monsters!!!
    2 years ago reply
  • Ashu

    This is so depressing. How can someone be so incensitive. I guess human race has forgotten who is actually an animal here. Such people should meet with similar fate.
    2 years ago reply
  • Paulette L. Touby

    How could you? How!
    2 years ago reply
  • vishal

    what an atrocious act on the part of Kerala hooligans
    2 years ago reply
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